The union health ministry informed India reported its third positive case of the novel coronavirus (nCoV 2019) in Kerala on Monday. The virus has set a global alarm by rapidly transmitting from human to human that has soared to 361 while more than 2,000 new cases were recorded in China. The Indian government has recently evacuated 600 citizens by airway who were stranded in Wuhan.
The third new case of coronavirus in India is a student who came back from China like the first two cases in different parts of Kerala. Kerala Health Minister, KK Shailaja said, “The patient is under treatment at the Kanjangad District Hospital in Kasaragod. The patient’s condition is stable. The patient had returned from Wuhan, China.”
The ministry has already issued a new advisory urging Indians to avoid travel to China which is the epicentre of the outbreak. On Sunday, the ministry issued an advisory saying, “Anyone with travel history of China since 15th January 2020, and from now on could be quarantined.” The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared China’s coronavirus a global health emergency and many countries are making efforts to evacuate their citizens stranded in Wuhan. Coronavirus has already killed over 350 people in China’s Wuhan city so far, affecting 14,000 people in the country.
Kerala has kept around 2,000 people under observation at different hospitals, quarantine facilities and also homes. The first case report was reported from Thrissur on Thursday, affecting Wuhan-returned woman who was tested positive for the infection.
“All 3 patients are being treated in isolation wards. Their condition remains stable. As of February 2, 104 samples have been tested of which only 3 has come positive,” KK Shailaja said.
“A total of 1999 people have returned from the affected country recently. 1924 are under home quarantine and the remaining 75 are being monitored at various hospitals,” she added.
India, along with several other countries, has been reducing flights to China. The government has also suspended the e-visa facility for Chinese passport holders along with submission of online applications for physical visa. Experts are also concerned that the deadly epidemic will affect trade and economy of countries involved with China.